Walk and Skank! This is one of those tunes which you know even if you think that you’ve never heard of it. You have. Trust me. SL2’s On A Ragga Tip and countless remixes that keep coming out to this day make sure of that. I just had to ask Jah Screechy about his involvement with sound systems and the history of Walk and Skank.
Here’s another interview from the archives. Renegades of Jazz’ third album Moyo Wangu is out on Agogo Records and doing really well.
10 Essential Carnival Sounds (courtesy of The Tighten Up Crew via the mighty Gladdy Wax Sound System)
UK hip hop/ reggae artist Seanie T took some time off from working on his album Scribes of a Versatilian at Alaska Studio in Waterloo, London to talk with us about his musical influences, the way he likes to deal with people and how a Kool Moe Dee video got him into hip hop.
This is one of the interviews I’m most proud of. Anyone who knows me knows that if you are looking for me at Notting Hill Carnival, I’ll be on top of Portobello Road listening to the tunes played on Gladdy’s fantastic rig. It’s hard to find anyone playing music that ranges from 50s r&b all the way to current anthems by the likes of Chronixx. So after enjoying Gladdy dj for a couple of years, I really had to sit down with him and find out more about his history.
Today’s interview is with Al Fingers who was involved in a lot more things that I know than I knew of. Makes me feel a little ignorant but what can you do… Hip hop fans may remember Fat Boss Magazine. If it was a good month, my local record shop used to stock one or two copies of that and it used to be my favourite hip hop magazine. The shop is long gone now and so is the magazine. Al produced it. Then there’s this big, beautiful book about Disruptive Pattern Material released by Hardy Blechman’s Maharishi label. Al […]
DJ Coolmann was a member of German hip hop group 5 Sterne Deluxe and, together with Mario von Hacht, he recorded as Visit Venus as well. You can still see him djing all over the place and he’s back in the studio again. We had a long talk with him where he talked about going to America with 5 Sterne and a lot of other things. Then he talked about how the time he spent in Sarajevo was one of the most memorable events in his career.
Once you’ve got used to the Scottish accent, and believe me, when I first met Keb, I made him spell out his address over the phone, you can get some entertaining stories from a couple of decades of record collecting and djing out of him. Anyway, one afternoon, we sat down for a cup of tea and here are two stories that he told me.
The Robbie Williams story, Stig destroying Asher D, the Homeless Microphonist, all these things you probably know about already if you’re reading this interview. In case you don’t, I’d advise you to watch the Asher D thing on Youtube. It’s hilarious!
This guy did well at the last Red Bull Culture Clash even though Mixpak won (and I think they deserved to win.) Here’s an interview I did with him a while ago. Enjoy!
Steve Bird aka Mr Bird aka the guy who put Lisbon on my map.
Renegades Of Jazz, pka David Hanke, were recommended to me by Smoove. He told me that he liked the music so much that he had started a new label, Wass Records, to put out the album. Later David got in touch with me to discuss the possibility of taking photos of that weird two turntable gramophone thing you can now see as a sketch on the album cover. Apparently only one of these things exists and it is safely stored in a museum in Paris. David tried to talk the director of the museum into giving us a photo permit […]
JC Lionbeat thought that I might be interested in what the Unit 137 guys are up to and introduced me to them. Their sound system which has been featured in a lot of music videos really stands out because of its bright orange colour. Since I was curious about what gets the younger generation into building a sound, I had a chat with Hylu.
By now these guys don’t need an introduction anymore. The Heatwave are playing all over the UK and abroad, supporting major dancehall artists and causing major bashment mayhem wherever they go. I met up with Gabriel and Ben for a chat in Dalston.
DJ Shepdog isn’t a spring chicken when it comes to the music industry: from working for PR companies promoting The Gorillaz, Radiohead and Vengaboys (you win some, you lose some) to working at Kudos and being involved in the Big Chill Festival, he has done it all. But since this is not a job interview, we’ll put the CV aside and mainly focus on Nice UP!, the label he has been running since 2006. Seeing DJ Shepdog mentioning on Twitter that Biz Markie bought a record off of him got me curious enough to get in touch.
David was born in Birmingham, raised in Jamaica and has been living in London for a while now. Everybody who has been listening to drum & bass for a while will be able to sing along to these lines: “If you’re a bad boy, you’ll end up on the run, if you’re a rude boy…” We had a conversation about what has been going on in David Boomah’s life in the past twenty years. You may want to get a cup of tea and a comfy chair as this is a long interview.
Smoove is a dj and producer from Newcastle and one half of Smoove & Turrell. He dislikes being called “Smooth”, owns two cats and knows how to cook a decent curry. His massive record collection is one big mess with no discernible order apart from every 70th record seeming to be Michael Jackson 12″.
When talking about UK mcs, the name Navigator definitely will come up at some time. He is one of the most prolific jungle/ d&b mcs, he toured the world with the Freestylers and he speaks almost perfect German. These are a few facts I know about Navigator but there are even more things I don’t know. That’s why I sat down with him for a little history lesson.
Boca 45 aka has toured the world djing, he has walked away from a major label contract for reasons of artistic integrity, his music was featured on the soundtrack of Banksy’s mockumentary Exit through the Giftshop, and that’s not even half of his cv. Let’s find out more about him.
Mr Benn’s Rising Star 12” has been one of my favourites for some time now and so I’ve been very much looking forward to his debut album Shake A Leg. Recently, Nice Up!’s Shepdog sorted me out with a promo of what seems to be one of the most entertaining albums of 2013 so far. While Rising Star had a slightly dark vibe to it, the rest of the album is packed with uplifting UK dancehall goodness combining some of the best old school and new school vocalists.